Anyone who has ever experienced pangs of regret shortly after hitting “send” will appreciate a feature WhatsApp is currently beta-testing on Android and iOS.
The first, dated Dec. 14, displays the ability for WhatsApp beta users to delete messages that have been sent but not yet read by their recipients:
SNEAK PEEK #1:
WhatsApp beta for iOS 126.96.36.1999: it is possible to revoke messages! pic.twitter.com/Ncj22txxcG
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) December 14, 2016
And the second, from Jan. 26, pictures a live location feature, via which users can allow their friends to track their location in real-time:
188.8.131.52 iOS | 2.16.399+ Android: Live Location feature, that tracks the live location of other group participants (DISABLED BY DEFAULT). pic.twitter.com/pYEXT1nxyR
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) January 26, 2017
Lobo reported that the feature in the beta test only works on messages with grey tick marks, which have been received by the respondents’ devices but not yet read. A blue tick mark means the messages have been read and cannot be deleted.
She added that recipients of deleted messages will see “Sender revoked the message” in their message threads, so senders aren’t totally in the clear.
As for the live location tracking, Lobo reported, via @WABetaInfo, that the feature is turned off by default, and users must enable it.
WhatsApp users: Would you like to see either of these features rolled out officially?
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